May 2016

May 2016

The Hangar restaurant at Disney Springs.

What’s New? Lots in Orlando

Did you hear that? No? Listen, it’s getting closer. I think we need to make a run for it…King Kong is on our heels....
Bird’s-eye view of the Iberostar Playa Mita.

Onsite Review: Iberostar Playa Mita

It’s a gorgeous day in Riviera Nayarit. The sun isn’t being shy about how luminous it can get, and nature in general—from the beach to the lush mountains—is having one of its finest days. I’m at the Iberostar Playa Mita property in Riviera Nayarit, and although I’ve been to this area of Mexico a few times, I’m always blown away by how utterly gorgeous it is—nature really outdoes itself here. That striking scenery takes center stage at the 452-room Iberostar Playa Mita, which pays homage to the natural surroundings, creating a lovely, laid-back ambiance throughout the property.
CW Safaris takes clients to Botswana, said to have the highest elephant population in Africa.

Southern Africa’s New Enticements

We’ve got a sprinkling of new tours and lodges in Southern Africa for a range of clients, whether they’re looking for a dream safari vacation, a budget-friendly travel experience, or tours made specifically for those with a disability.
Carved in stone, warriors and devils, nymphs and gods stand guard over Angkor Wat. (Carla Hunt)

Onsite Review: Angkor Wat + Siem Reap = A Longer Stay

More than four decades ago, the Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which was opened by the French in 1932, was almost the only and certainly the most colonial place to stay in the sleepy town of Siem Reap. The property was once an important trading center and always the gateway to the magnificent temple complexes of Angkor, as well as the capital of the Khmer Empire from 800 to 1200 A.D.
DuVine offers a bike tour in Zion National Park.

Tour Talk: A Peek at Our Peaks

This trio of tours offer a bird’s-eye view of the U.S.’s varied terrain.
The terrace at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort’s St. Somewhere Spa.

Hotel Desk: On the Waterfront

We’re putting the spotlight on waterfront properties that make for idyllic vacations.
Bali beds on the Heaven side offer stunning views of the surroundings.

Onsite Review: Rock Royalty Only

Experience a taste of the rock star lifestyle at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, no Grammy necessary.
Discovery Cove offers a relaxing environment.

Escape to Discovery Cove

While visiting the Discovery Cove all-inclusive day resort on a recent press trip in Orlando, I underwent a digital detox as a result of a depleted phone battery and MIA portable solar charger.
Rendering of the Vista Suite on board Oceania Cruises’ Sirena.

Innovation on the High Seas

24 million. That’s how many people are expected to cruise this year. That’s 1 million more than last year. Ships? There are plenty of them to accommodate that number of passengers and many more—in fact, there are 52 new ocean-going CLIA ships on order between 2016 and 2022. And, according to CLIA’s 2016 Cruise Industry Outlook, eight out of 10 CLIA-member travel agents stated they are expecting an increase in sales in 2016 over last year